Office for New Students, staff, and student ambassadors represent Douglas throughout the summer
By Naomi Ambrose, Contributor
On June 30 and July 1, staff from the Office for New Students (ONS), along with several student ambassadors, represented Douglas College at the 41st annual Golden Spike Days Festival held at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody. The group’s appearance at the festival was one of the many events and activities that the ONS staff and Student Ambassadors have scheduled on their summer calendar.
Melody McKiernan, Student Outreach Coordinator explains “this is now our fourth year participating in the festival [and] just being out in the community is the main purpose. Being out in the community and talking to people about either Douglas College and our programs, or the Summer Camps.”
Student ambassador Roisin Connolly says: “I decided to participate in the Golden Spike Days because it is a great community event. It brings everyone together and [it] is a great day for families. I like getting involved in the community and giving back to the community.”
In addition to the Golden Spike Days, the ONS staff and ambassadors also represented the college at the Teddy Bear Picnic in Coquitlam in May and the Pot of Gold Charity Golf Tournament in July at the Mayfair Lakes Golf Club in Richmond.
The ONS’ summer calendar also includes organizing New Student Orientation (formerly known as Late Summer Orientation)—a full-day event that gives new students the information and materials they need to start their college life. Since this year’s theme is Mardi Gras, students who want to join in the fun and spirit of Mardi Gras can wear purple, green and yellow and get a chance to win some prizes.
The Office for New Students helps new students make a successful transition to the Douglas College community. The Office also visits high schools, attends community and career fairs, and helps students reach their academic, professional, and personal goals.
Through the Student Ambassador Volunteer Leadership Program, which was established in 2007, students develop personal, professional, and leadership skills and contribute to the community. By working closely with the Office for New Students, student ambassadors represent and promote Douglas College to current and prospective students, guests, and alumni through various events which include monthly information sessions where attendees can meet faculty and learn about the college’s programs and services. The ambassadors also spread some cheer on campus through various holiday events such as St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, Easter, and Christmas.
Dates for Orientation are as follows:
David Lam Campus: August 21 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
New Westminster Campus: August 23 and 25 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.